Why are people searching?
After nearly two decades of teaching Muay Thai and MMA, it still bogles my mind why people search for MMA Gyms near me, when their real desire is to learn the striking art of Muay Thai.
Perhaps it’s the fact that real Muay Thai Gyms are not so common outside of major cities in the USA. Especially in the area of Central New Jersey where our gym (Anurak Muay Thai Academy) is located. Many folks I suppose assume that an MMA Gym will most likely have a striking program that compliments a grappling program. Below are a few reasons why someone should search for MMA Gyms near me.
A desire to learn grappling to compliment striking
This makes perfect sense if someone is searching MMA Gyms near me. If you are looking for both striking and grappling, a MMA Gym should provide both of those programs. It is essential in the sport of MMA to be proficient in both. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is probably your best bet for effective grappling.
BJJ Schools tend to be more common than MMA Gyms and Muay Thai Gyms combined. So most likely, it won’t be too hard to find one in your area. The chances of a pure BJJ School having a quality striking program is slim at best.
A desire for MMA Competition.
I would say that 99% of most people searching for an MMA Gym are not looking to get into the octagon and become the next UFC Champion anytime soon. But if you are looking to compete in MMA, it will be an absolute necessity to learn all areas of combat. If you are looking for MMA competition, you will either need to train at two different gyms with their respective disciplines, or find an MMA Gym with qualified instructors in both.
A desire for well rounded self defense
Both Muay Thai striking and BJJ grappling will most certainly prepare you for any situation you may encounter on the street in a self defense situation. The ability to protect yourself at any range, or in tight quarters, will be dependent upon your training and experience in striking and grappling.
When you should not search for MMA Gyms near me.
If you are looking for traditional, authentic Muay Thai instruction, chances are rare that a MMA Gym near you will be able to provide you with detailed, knowledge based learning in the art. Many MMA Gyms use a hybrid approach to striking. And most of which is based on western boxing, not Muay Thai. Muay Thai takes years of experience to effectively teach others. Many MMA competitors have divided much of their training time to various other arts, therefor, never completely mastering one thing.
In the many years I have been apart of both sports, I have seen disastrous Muay Thai skills exhibited by MMA students. It’s just two completely different levels of striking abilities.
If you live in Central New Jersey, specifically near Hillsborough NJ. 08844, and you are seeking legitimate Muay Thai training, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or fill out the form on this page. I guarantee you, you will be getting the real deal when it comes to traditional Muay Thai!